Ben took a break from trying to find his mystery girl Elle this week to rekindle his friendship with Riley, who he felt pretty distant from lately.
Ben’s distraction came in handy however, considering Riley was doing everything possible to stay away from Danny, who became obsessed with a new baby book and feeding her “kale” to make the baby stronger. Yep, that’ll do it.
It’s refreshing to see Ben and Riley’s relationship turn from friendly to romantic to basically “bro and sis.” Aside from getting lost in the woods and eating all the jerky, Riley finally confided in Ben that she was terrified about becoming a mom but more importantly, about not disappointing Danny who she felt was putting a lot of pressure on her to be perfect.
It’s fitting that Ben would be the friend she turns to in time of need considering he’s “ben there, done that.” From his experience no one is perfect and a book will definitely not teach you about parenting. But Ben, like we, knows that Riley will be a good mom though because she’s been there for him and Emma since day 1. If she was willing to stick around and help raise a girl that wasn’t even hers, there’s no doubt that she’d do right by her own child.
Throughout the hike, Danny continued being “obsessed” with Riley and followed them to make sure everything was ok. His intentions were in the right place but he just went about it all wrong. I swear, this show makes him so much stupider than I think the character really is, which is upsetting because it casts a shadow over all the things he really does because of the goodness of his heart. And no one can blame him for hiding out in poison ivy – it’s happened to the best of us.
As for Bonnie and Tucker, the two teamed up once again, this time to help free Brad from jail. Brad swears that Bonnie’s boss Louis set him up and was the mastermind behind the whole scheme and Bonnie, wanting to get her man back, sets out to prove it. She does everything from getting shocked by Tucker’s 11-year-old spy kit, to dressing up as a nun at the confessional, to sticking a phone in her boobs to seduce Louis and make him confess. When he finally does, Brad forgives him and Tucker fails to get it on camera – predictable Tucker move.
All in all, the episode won in finally spending some time nurturing that bond we loved so much between Riley and Ben. Ben might be all sorts of messed up but he’s always been a great friend, brother and father so I’m glad the show put emphasis on it.